How one can Set up Shutter on Linux to Take Screenshots

A screenshot app is a basic but important utility that everyone uses from time to time. Although most Linux distributions can take screenshots by default, a powerful screenshot app can extend these capabilities even further.

In this article, we take a look at Shutter, a free, open source screenshot program for Linux. We'll discuss how to install Shutter on your system, along with a quick guide on how to use the tool.

How to install the shutter

This is how you can install Shutter on your Linux computer.

Under Ubuntu / Debian

To install Shutter on Debian-based systems like Ubuntu and Kali Linux, enter the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt install shutter

Note that if you are using Ubuntu version 18.04 and above, you will need to install Shutter from the side Linux uprising PPA repository. Start by adding the PPA to the repository list.

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa: linuxuprising / shutter

Then update your system's repository list with APT:

sudo apt update

Finally, to install Shutter, do the following:

sudo apt install shutter

Alternatively, if your system supports Snap, you can install Shutter from the Snap Store by:

sudo snap install Shutter

On Arch Linux

Since Shutter is available in the Arch Community Repository, you can download it directly using Pacman.

sudo pacman -S closure

Under Fedora / CentOS and RHEL

On Fedora, type one of the following commands to install Shutter:

sudo dnf install shutter
sudo yum install shutter

Under CentOS you have to activate this first nux-dextop Repository:

sudo yum –enablerepo = nux-dextop install shutter

Then install Shutter with YUM as follows:

sudo yum install shutter

How to use the trigger

Taking screenshots with shutter is a breeze. After launching the app, go to File> New and select the type of screenshot you want to take. Options available include Chooser, Active Window, Desktop, Select Window, Menu, Tooltip, and Web.

If you want to record the entire screen, select Desktop from the list, and Shutter will automatically take the screenshot for you. In a similar way, you can also create a partial screenshot selection, capture the active window by clicking Active windowand use to select the window you want to record Select window.

To save the screenshot, click File> Save As and choose a suitable location.

Note that the user interface may vary slightly depending on the distribution used. On Arch Linux, you get the screenshot options right under the app menu with icons next to the screenshot type labels.

Related: How to Install Scrot and Capture Screenshots on Ubuntu

Efficient acquisition of the Linux desktop

Screenshots have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. People take screenshots for everything – presentations, blogs, social media posts, etc. While every operating system has decent screenshot functionality, you can push the envelope by installing a third-party screenshot tool.

If you're horrified by the idea of ​​installing a dedicated app to take screenshots, consider using the default key bindings to take screenshots on your computer.

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About the author

Deepesh Sharma
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Deepesh is Junior Editor for Linux at MUO. He writes informational guides on Linux with the aim of providing a blissful experience for all newbies. I'm not sure about movies, but if you want to talk about technology, he's your man. In his spare time he can be found reading books, listening to different genres of music, or playing guitar.

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